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9 April 2014 - Disaster Management College commitment delivered

Minister for Justice

Disaster Management College commitment delivered

9 April 2014

Joint media release

Minister for Justice
The Hon Michael Keenan MP

Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
The Hon Jack Dempsey MP

The Regional College of Disaster Management will be delivered following the signing of a partnership with the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) in Cairns today.

Queensland Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the specialised education and training will be delivered as part of the Queensland Government's overall commitment to enhancing the knowledge and skills of disaster management personnel.

'The Queensland Government is committed to revitalising frontline services for all Queenslanders, and that includes giving specialised education and training to disaster management crews,' Mr Dempsey said.

'We are committing $11 million toward the partnership that will deliver the Regional College of Disaster Management.'

Mr Dempsey said the announcement was through a partnership with the Commonwealth Government's Australian Emergency Management Institute.

'The partnership with the Coalition Government will provide an opportunity to up skill a new generation of disaster management professionals,' Mr Dempsey said.

'This model of education and training delivery is the first of its kind offered by the Queensland Government and will provide disaster management stakeholders further professional development for their careers in disaster management.

'Training will be delivered both online and at venues in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane and Rockhampton.'

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan welcomed the partnership as part of the Coalition Government's wider commitment to a safer and more secure Australia.

'The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Australia is well prepared for any natural disaster,' Mr Keenan said.

'Disaster management is a challenging field and it's vital that we provide opportunities like this so that when disaster strikes, management officers are well-trained and ready to support their communities,' Mr Keenan said.

'I'm confident that this new partnership will enhance Queensland's mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.'

The Advanced Diploma will cover a range of subjects, including: building community relationships; managing multi-agency response; developing emergency management exercises; and organising public safety awareness programs to help build strong, prepared, resilient communities.

The Postgraduate qualification will focus on high-level leadership knowledge and skills for application across preparation, prevention, response and recovery phases of disaster management.